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A Friend at Court.

A Friend at Court.

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Hebrews, iv., 14. — Seeing then that we have a great High- Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Hebrews, iv., 14. — Seeing then that we have a great High- Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Apr 18, 2014
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A FRIED AT COURT. BY REV. JOH SUMMERFIELD, A.M.Hebrews, iv., 14. — Seeing then that we have a great High- Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. He that thoroughly understands the Romans understands all the Gospel — and he who will well digest the Hebrews must understand the law and the Gospel. In this book chiefly the law is employed as a schoolmas- ter, and is to illustrate the Gospel. Paul's great design was to confirm the Hebrews : he convinces them that they were gainer s y not losers, by Christianity ; proves that there was A FRIED AT COURT. 429 nothing under the Mosaic which is not preserved more ex- cellent under the Gospel. The Jews boasted of Moses as a prophet and lawgiver. St. Paul shows we have one supe- rior. " God , who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of ail things, by whom also he made the worlds ; who being the brightness of his glory, and the ex- press image of his person, and upholding all things by the w r ord of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." The superior dignity of our ambassador Christ Jesus shows our Gospel to be superior. The Jews boasted of Aaron : in our text he shows that in this the Gospel has the advantage : we have a great High-priest, far above Aaron. — (Discuss this priesthood.) Two particulars in the text.
I. The exhortation to steadfastness. II. The motive by which it is enforced. I. The exhortation to steadfastness. 1. By ;; our profession :" it sometimes means the subject- matter of our profession. " Wherefore, holy brethren, par- takers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High-priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." — Heb., iii., 1 : elsewhere, not what we profess, but the act of professing. 11 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waver- ing, for he is faithful that promised." — Heb., x., 23. Same sense here : be Christians, and profess it. In the Christian world are two kinds of professors. First class : all who call themselves Christians ; they, in a sense, make a profession. Such should hold fast even that. Bet- ter than a world of infidels. See the heathen world. It is something that men acknowledge the authority of the Scrip- tures. It is a ground : hold fast there, and act according to it. Some may oppose us when reproved for unchristian con- duct. "I make no profession of religion." say they, as if they had a right to act irreligiously. — Impudent and wicked. 430 A FRIED AT COURT.  — Suppose one make some excuse for social duties, a kind pa- rent, an honest man, &c. " Oh ! I make no profession of these things :" is he the better for saying " he did not pro- fess to love his wife," &c. : it is no excuse for not perform- ing — shocking. — Same with those who do not profess reli- gion. — ot profess to submit to Christ ? Who purchased them with his blood ? You ought to make a profession ; every man's duty is to be religious, and to profess it. But it \s false and wicked, as well as impudent: all make some profession unless they are infidels ; therefore, " let every one
that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Second class : those not merely nominal, who have re- ceived the grace of God in truth, and not backward at times to give a reason of their hope. Such were the Hebrews here addressed. " Let us, therefore, fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Three particulars distinguish professors from nominal Christians. 1. It is Scriptural: when it is as it ought to be, we adopt the truths imbodied in the profession as the words of God, &c. : the nominal is more on human authority, as from a nurse, &c. — not that it is worse thereby. * * * Of all cant, the cant of infidels is the most contemptible. But we should have a better reason for embracing Chris- tianity. This is no better than a Mohammedan has, or a man in South Seas for his idols : the true Christian does so because he is satisfied it is God's word, and nothing but with a " thus saith the Lord." 2. It is experimental — not a notion : he realizes the com- forting and sanctifying influences. Such were the Hebrews : " partakers of Christ" — not externals only — but intimate union : they partook of the merit of his death to purge them from guilt. — One spirit with their glorified Saviour — " they had believed to the saving of their souls" — not to the con- viction of the judgment only. 3. It is practical — adorned in his conduct : so the He- brews : a zeal for performing God's will, and a patience in suffering it. li God is not unrighteous to forget your work A FRIED AT COURT. 431

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